The Team

Nikita Zhukov

Head Coach

I started gymnastics in 2003 as an athlete and haven’t left the sport since. Transitioned into coaching in 2008 and ever since, I have been running the GAA men’s team with plenty of national qualifiers, regional team, medaling etc etc. But the important part is WHY GA United right? I started gymnastics very late by regular standards at the age of 14 and by my high school graduation, I had offers for partial scholarships from 2 D1 schools.  For financial reasons I never followed that route and started coaching instead, but still continued training and gaining new skills.

Why Georgia United?
I want to give the opportunity and coaching to the athletes that are just hitting their prime to take that next step and see where that takes them.

Tyler Green

Assistant Coach & Team President

I have been an active member in the gymnastics world for the past 17 years. I have been President of the Georgia Judges Association for the past seven years and also had the opportunity to judge meets like the 2023 NCAA Championships and the 2020 Olympic Trials! I am one of the founding members of Georgia United and also started the club gymnastics team at Kennesaw State back in 2012.

Why Georgia United?
I chose Georgia United because Georgia has been on the up and up for high level gymnastics so the potential for a dominant collegiate team is imminent. Georgia United is a great choice for your collegiate gymnastics journey because we have great coaches, facilities and camaraderie. We also pride ourselves in our flexibility so no matter where you’re going to school or what your schedule is going to look like we can find a way to make it work!

Georgia United Gymnasts

Aiden Whitehead, University of Georgia, #11

I am entering my third year at UGA with plans to graduate next fall. However, I will continue my schooling by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sports Management. This season, I hope to help the team on floor, rings, and vault. Some of my career accomplishments include qualifying to GymACT All Stars last season, being a 4x Junior National qualifier, and placing 7th on rings at the 2021 Junior National Championships. 

Why Georgia United?
Growing up, it was always a goal of mine to compete collegiate gymnastics. With Georgia United forming during my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to help grow the program as much as possible. Being able to attend my dream school while still competing was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up!

Chad Quermann, Kennesaw State, #68

I am a freshman at KSU studying business management/admin. I plan on competing floor, parallel bars, vault, pommel, and high bar. I am a two time national qualifier!

Why Georgia United?
I joined GAU because the team environment is unbeatable and the coaches are amazing.

Jeremiah Holmes, Clark Atlanta, #29

My name is Jeremiah Holmes and I was born in Hampton, Virginia, raised in Charleston, South Carolina. I have been a competitive gymnast for 14 years and attend the Illustrious Clark Atlanta University majoring in criminal justice with a minor in psychology.

Why Georgia United?
I developed a love for gymnastics at a young age and over the years I knew that it was something that I wanted to continue to be a part of after high school. Georgia United and the GymACT program both allow me to continue in my passion as a competitive gymnast. After speaking with head coach Nikita Zhukov and watching Georgia United compete at nationals, I could tell how determined and focused the team was, and I’m glad to be a part of this team.

Nathan Gruwell, Kennesaw State, #66

I am a freshman at Kennesaw State University studying computer science. I plan to train and compete parallel bars, floor and vault, and possibly high bar and pommel too.

Why Georgia United?
During my senior year I decided after much thought that if I wanted to continue to pursue gymnastics and see how better I can become, Georgia United was my best option.

Jamie Gruwell, Kennesaw State, #20

I’m a mechanical engineer student at KSU. I plan to compete rings, parallel bars and floor for Georgia United.

Why Georgia United?
GAU was something that I was looking at for awhile because I wanted to go to college in Georgia and this was the best fit.

Evan Oullette, Middle Georgia State, #88

I am a freshman at Middle Georgia State University studying Aviation Science and Management while completing my needed flight hours and ratings. My goal is to join Delta Airlines as a pilot upon graduation. I will be training and competing Floor, Pommel, Vault, Parallel Bars and High Bar.

Why Georgia United?
I decided to join GAU during the end of my senior year. I knew growing up I would want to pursue gymnastics farther than just level 10 but was unsure how, GAU was the answer. The team, environment and coaching staff were unbeatable. I am excited to be able to continue my college gymnastics career for Georgia United. GAU on top!

Joe Maddox, Kennesaw State, #77

Why Georgia United?
I chose Georgia United because gymnastics has always been part of my life. When I heard that I could keep pursuing that dream throughout my college career, I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity. GAU for the win!

Ray Bridges III, Georgia State, #21

Matthew Brown, Kennesaw State, #28

Aaron Weinberg, Kennesaw State, #17

Noah Arnold, Kennesaw State, #99